End-user virtualization in a hospital.

InformationWeek:”Norton Healthcare, the largest health care supplier in the Louisville, Ky., region, has adopted end-user virtualization as a means of giving doctors and nurses a desktop that follows them on their rounds.

The five-unit acute-care hospital chain and supplier of 11 neighborhood clinics is in the process of providing 1,000 thin clients to end-user end points, such as nursing stations, clinic treatment centers, and 50 physician offices. With three shifts a day, most end points have three different users every 24 hours, noted Brian Cox, director of IT customer services.

With VMware view set up, Cox has been able to let doctors and nurses move around the hospital and still access their desktop from the closest thin client, often at the nursing station of a wing instead of having to go back to their own desks. Their desktops can be called up from any location and used to enter patient information or look up patient records.” – Thin clients can be a useful piece of hardware in a hospital setting and I’ve touched on them before. The article doesn’t make it absolutely clear, but your personal desktop actually follows you around regardless of what machine you use to log on. Thin clients are also easier to manage and maintain than traditional desktop PCs from an IT standpoint. I realize this is not cloud computing, however it’s the same basic idea on a small, internalized scale.

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4 thoughts on “End-user virtualization in a hospital.

  1. laura says:

    Jerry – we have a demo of this set up in ISS. It’s pretty cool.

  2. Jerry Fahrni says:

    Hi Laura – I’ve seen the demo of the set-up over in the ISS building and I agree it’s pretty slick. I believe they are using a Citrix thin client, which unfortunately does not support dual monitors. The thin client in the article mentioned above supports dual monitors. Even more slick! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. laura says:

    @laura
    Hi Jerry,

    Help me understand – why doesn’t a Citrix thin client support dual monitors?

  4. Jerry Fahrni says:

    I’m not quite sure why Citirx won’t support dual monitors.

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